Rock Climbing Fast Track Course

This weekend I got to spend two days out on the rock with some great guys as they learned the basics of rock climbing. Saturday was forecasted a bit hot in the valley so Jeff, Carl, Will and I headed up to Square Ledge in Pinkham Notch to take advantage of the higher elevation and cooler temps. After learning how to tie-in and belay everyone got multiple top-rope laps on the West Face, then a full ascent of the West face followed by Top-Rope laps on The Chimney and The Brain. We finished the day with a rappell down the West Face.

Unfortunately I lost most the photos from the day when uploading from a new device due to user error. Sorry guys! Only one I salvaged from the day is Jeff on “The Brain”

Jeff on “The Brain”

Day 2 brought us to Whitehorse Ledge where an early start saw us topping out Standard Direct by 11:30am. We hiked over to the South Buttress and rappelled down Cold Day in Hell, then went over to Cathedral for a lap on Kiddy Crack to round out the day.

Whitehorse Ledge
At the pinch belay on Standard Route
Climbing the Arch, with Echo Lake in the background

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